As part of planned Air Defence Training, Fast Jet Aircraft (Eurofighter Typhoons) will conduct Air Intercepts, a NOTAM has been raised for the training between 1000-1130 & 1400-1530 on Thursday 2nd February & 1000-1130 Friday 3rd February (Weather & Serviceability permitting). They may only do the training in one slot and may have booked the three slots to work round weather however we are unable to confirm this. The area given mainly covers the South Lincolnshire & North West Norfolk areas and you can see a map of the area given here:
Just like the featured photograph if the weather is good enough you may see Typhoons Intercepting other Aircraft within the area. They usually train against the Falcon 20’s provide by Cobham working out of Durham Tees Valley Airport however they do have to practice intercepting various aircraft with different cruise speeds so we can’t say for sure what aircraft will take part in the training alongside the Typhoons. Due to the area given we can safely assume the Typhoons will be scrambled from RAF Coningsby and from past observations you may seem them practice their ground readiness or they may just get airborne and practice the interception phase itself. Looking at things weather will be the main variable when it comes to seeing anything in the area or at RAF Coningsby itself but there may be photo opportunities at both locations. Vertically the area given starts at ground level up to 10,000ft.
I thought I would put the info out as the sight of Typhoon Fighters escorting other aircraft can sometimes get people worried thinking a live QRA is ongoing, so just giving the assurance it is a planned exercise might be a good idea. The main source of information for this post is NOTAM’s available publicly as well as past observations.
The featured photo was taken by Peter Howlett (@CardiffBirder on Twitter) and we are using the photos with permission.